Too easy to use By George on 1/28/2015
George would recommend this product to a friend
This is a very simply and effective controller for the price. It gets the job done!
Wish I'd saved the money By MC on 12/29/2014
MC wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought this unit with a pair of nano 425 pumps. The controller has been working fine fore ~4 months now, and seems to be well built.
My issues are 1) You get either synch or switch and a period. This was my fault for not reading more about it before ordering, but for the price I expected a little more. 2) My unit has very loud relays in it. The pumps themselves are very noisy switching on/off, but the smartwave also makes a loud "clunk" when it switches a pump on. 3) The power leads are very inconvenient. It would be a huge improvement if the two pump leads were just regular receptacles on the bottom of the unit. As is the leads are stiff and a bit of a pain if you want to plug in a power strip instead of just a powerhead.
Looking back on it I wish I'd just bucked up for a vortech or some other DC pump with variable speed.
Good Beginners Wavemaker By Chris on 7/22/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I have some loud clicking when the larger hydor pumps initiate. Not an issue with the wavemaker (this product) itself, but the inexpensive pump. This product does what it says it'll do. I've been using it for about 10 months now with no issues. I have it runner a couple of hydor pumps in my 70 gallon basement sump where the loud clicking isn't an issue for me.
Great for the price By Jason on 3/27/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Does as advertised and is a great price compared to the competition.
jekyll and hyde By odetosilence on 2/13/2014
odetosilence wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
How do I rate a product that works but not with products from the same company. The controller does it's job, but the koralia nano powerheads start in reverse 80% of the time. Why release a product that doesn't work with what you sell.....
Plug N' Play By Ben on 2/6/2014
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
Extremely easy to use and achieved the wave-like motion I wanted.
great switch By Michael on 2/1/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Profuct works as advertised. I wish it had a RANDOM setting that would not make it so rhythmic. The product seems well built and does what its supposed to
Quick Easy and Effective By lobro4 on 12/8/2013
lobro4 would recommend this product to a friend
I am using this to run two 600 gph pumps and its giving my 75 gallon tank all the current it needs. Easy to set up and offers several wave modes.
A Great Addition By Paul on 12/8/2013
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
I am using this to control two 600 gph powerbeads and it's working great to add current to my 75 gallon reef tank. Simple to set up and offers several options.
Works good By sean on 11/20/2013
sean would recommend this product to a friend
Works well for making random current in your tank.
easy wavemaker By Brian on 6/10/2013
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Just plug pumps into it and plug in and ready to go . I think easiest wavemaker to use.
Hydor Smartwave Controller By Doel on 4/25/2013
Doel wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had it & it worked fine for about two months and now one side runs constant so much for random flow. Save your money & get a better controller, you get what you pay for, & I didn't get much LOL.
Awesome, Affordable, Easy By Cory on 4/5/2013
Cory would recommend this product to a friend
I love this thing, it was affordable, easy to setup and use, and it just plain works. Yes there are better wavemakers out there, and they cost three times as much or more. I needed to change the flow in my tank once or twice a day and this little beauty does the trick. I have mine set to 6 hours in a attempt to better emulate a natural tide change. I already owned the Koralia powerheads which was helpful since they are designed to be turned off and on randomly. But make sure that you do have powerheads designed to support this feature. The feeding feature is also awesome, it is much better than my old method of shutting off the powerstrip.
Affordable Random Flow By Terrance on 12/26/2012
Terrance would recommend this product to a friend
This unit is great for random flow, especially when I already have koralia evolution pumps and did not want to go out to buy a vortech. Honestly, I do not want all the bells and whistles from the vortech. I only needed a simple unit for random flow. The smartwave was designed for the evolution pumps, so I am not sure if it works with other brands or older models.
Warning: this unit does produce a clicking noise from the pumps turning on and off. I increase the intervals when nobody is around. When I am at home, I decrease the intervals to make the clicking noise less noticeable and annoying. Keep in mind that even the vortech is not silent and everyone will have different noise tolerance.
Works Great By Mike on 12/20/2012
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
I added the Smartwave and 2 Hydor Koralia powerheads to my tank. Corals seem to love the alternating current, fish are having fun riding the wave in different directions. This product like all Hydor products is a quality product and works as advertised. While its not a full blow wave maker with tons of bells and whistles, it does just fine and is well worth the money. I noticed instantly some leftover junk floating around the tank as the current was changing, and now that has all been skimmed out. Win/Win.
Popped my GFCI, One side of unit dead By GLC on 11/17/2012
GLC wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I plugged this unit in without anything connected and it popped my GFCI. After resetting I plugged in two Hydor pumps and found that one side was dead. BRS would not take the unit back and told me to deal with the manufacturer. Unit sent back to Hydor for analysis.
Easy and ready to go By Andrew on 11/8/2012
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
I don't think I've purchased any peice of equipement that is as usefull and so easy to set up as this little unit. A few miniutes out of the box and it was set and ready to go. I'd recommend this to anyone with a tight budget looking to get a variable flow in their tank.
Good Basic controller By MJ's Custom Aquarium Water on 9/21/2012
MJ's Custom Aquarium Water would recommend this product to a friend
It has good basic controls and functionality. I would have enjoyed a little more flexibility, but for the price it's hard to complain.
easy and it works By mud on 9/6/2012
mud would recommend this product to a friend
I have two hydor 750 pumps on this and love the ease of use. It alternates the flow and has a few settings for you to use.
Great Product By dgil71 on 7/10/2012
dgil71 would recommend this product to a friend
So far so good. Any issues is coming from my powerheads, not the controller.
Great Controller By JDR on 5/22/2012
JDR would recommend this product to a friend
I have these controlling 2 Koralias 1400 and they are doing great. Wont do waves like a the ecotechs but will give you some random currents.
Good on a budget.. By Bobby on 5/10/2012
Bobby would recommend this product to a friend
It is what it is, a very simple device to alternating current. Works very well. I gave it a 4 on recommendation and performance because if your looking for a wave, this isn't it the product for you.
Very effective little wave maker! By Rod on 3/10/2012
Rod would recommend this product to a friend
Reliable, simple to set up and a great source of those alternating currents we are always looking for without denting your wallet......
Great control for your power heads By Frederick on 2/20/2012
Frederick would recommend this product to a friend
The easiest and simplest way to keep currents moving in your tank. Very clear-cut instructions and the unit looks good hanging on the side of my cabinet. This is a great well thought out product.